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My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me (Memoirs of Amanda Green Book 1) Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
Aside from writing and social networking, I spend a lot of time with my pets; a handsome cat called Titus, a pretty kitten called Millie and tropical fish. I strongly believe in pet animal therapy as being good for our mind, body and soul and I promote the fostering and adopting of animals as opposed to private breeding and purchase. I detest animal cruelty.
I love eating out and reviewing restaurants, travel, days out, campaigning for the precious Orang-utan and the issues of unsustainable palm oil production and seeing my family. I also enjoy reading, theatre, films, TV and cooking.
I have travelled on/off across the world, taking in twenty five Countries - living and working at times in Japan, Thailand and Australia and have enjoyed a very mixed bag of jobs.
I run three personal websites for which I write all copy and articles and provide all photography.
I have had my writing and photography work published in various magazines and local newspapers. I enjoy the challenge of getting published.
'My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me' is my self published memoir of my journey through mental illness to recovery. '39' is the sequel. I want to inspire others that it is possible to recover and have a life worth living. Many people do not understand mental illness and judge people unfairly, so I created www.amandagreenauthor.co.uk where I publish articles on the topics covered in my story and campaign to 'stop the stigma surrounding mental illness'. In December 2015 I published my first self-help book - 'Living with depression and anxiety: 26 ways to get you out of the fog, into the sunshine;' and aim to publish many more.
My aspirations are to be successful in fact/fiction storytelling in the mental health/relationship genres. I have unique ideas and have enjoyed various writer's retreats and short writing courses to further my writing.
I am currently studying level 4 Counselling skills at college as I would love to be able to help others' facing issues. My placement will be with homeless people who need help to move on from their adversities.
I also write thought provoking, inspiring fiction with the theme of overcoming adversities (abuse, homelessness, mental health, relationships and more)
I regularly post blogs about coping strategies, inspirational things to do, Borderline Personality disorder, depression, Obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety/panic attacks, thyroid issues, eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia), alcohol and drug abuse, sexual abuse/rape, Quetiapine (Seroquel anti-psychotics) and Citalopram (anti-depressant), therapies such as Cognitive behavioural therapy and paranoia, dissociation and psychosis - all of which I have experienced in one way or another either myself or those I know. Also info on mental health charities, forums, campaigns, the stigma surrounding mental illness, some of my personal experiences, celebrities with mental health issues and mental health in the family.
Top Customer Reviews
Amanda's book has been an outstanding discovery that will help understand many of the causes and also the effects that BPD has on the person that suffers it and also the effects on her/his/ loved ones. Page by page I started to feel more and more in peace with my ex-fiancee and specially in peace with myself.
The book actually takes you to witness a process of BPD development in a clear, accesible, honest and valiant style. It's an exercise of generosity in itself and helps mirroring some of the situations I came across in my own relationship.
After reading the book I felt proud of myself and decided to keep the love for my ex as one of the most valuable relationships I've ever had. This book is a whole different approach than the traditional readings on the matter. It cames from the heart and soul of someone who experienced it and had the courage and generosity to support others through her personal writing. It deserves to be read. I'm sure all readers will find Amanda's words useful and supportive.
Through all the confusion, chaos of dealing with her mother's own mental health issues as well as her own, Amanda is able to give a personal testimony that you cannot gain from reading other books about BPD.
Ms. Green has done an amazing job of giving detailed, intimate descriptions of her thought processes while trying to keep it together in search of a more balanced life, proving that people with mental health issues are not any different than people who are thought to be `normal.'
This book would benefit mental health professionals as well as family members of those who suffer with BPD as it offers an insight not found in many books.
Mental health issues have been misunderstood for so long and books like this one should help others to understand they are not alone and that help is there. It is a very brave and compelling read written with sincerity and brutal honesty. I believe 'Amanda' has written it in her own voice and in her own style, which works well for her story and the lack of detail of certain areas, as other reviewers have referred, is not necessary as the focus is on Amanda, as it should be for this type of story.
To lay yourself bare, warts and all, for all to read about is very brave and while there are aspects of the story that annoyed me I quickly realised that if I had written about my life then I would have those moments too! It is so easy to judge and hopefully this book will help others to understand the sometimes irrational reactions and actions of those suffering from mental health issues. It is not a choice to suffer from such illnesses and with help recovery can begin. Well done on sharing your story Amanda.
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This book started off great and I was excited to read it. It then became redundant and too detailed of her experiences. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kathleen Morgan
I am a psychiatrist and as such I do have a professional (as well as a personal) interest in personal/first-hand accounts of mental illness (or disorder) and not only professional... Read morePublished 21 months ago by OlgaNM
My Alien friend is incarcerated.....if I knew he was going to nut I would have sent it to jail....Poor guy,,,,,He got the book immediately and I thought we reached him on time. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Julie Calvery
For anyone suffering from any kind of mental anguish, I highly recommend My Alien Self. I have been through many life struggles, and most daunting were the demons in my own mind. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by alice_faerie
I had been itching to read this book for such a long time and when life finally allowed me the time to do so I wasn't disappointed with what I found! Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Alice Huskisson
I have a fascination with the human psyche, and often read memoirs of people whose lives have been shaped or twisted by mental illness. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Jo Robinson